Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park



Once again Tai Chi classes will be held on the Jason Street Field cul-de-sac this spring. Boston martial artist Dorri Li will be teaching classes on two mornings:

Thursdays 9:30 – 10:30 am à May 1st through June 19th

Saturdays 9:30 – 10:30 am à May 3rd through June 21st         FREE

The Thursday classes cost $48 for the eight-week session. The Saturday classes are FREE and sponsored by the Friends. You can register for either or both classes at 

Volunteer Work Day

SUNDAY, JUNE 16th  10:00 am – noon

Hopefully, everything will have dried out by Sunday —  and once again, we’ll be working on removing and cutting back INVASIVE PLANTS in the Hills Pond area – on the banks of the pond and on the adjacent hillsides.

Please wear work gloves and old clothes and bring a lopper, pruners, saws.

Thanks so much for your help.

Wisteria in full bloom at the park.


Hills pond in Menotomy Rocks Park will be chemically treated with a USEPA/MA registered aquatic herbicides/algaecides on Tuesday, May 29th to control non-native growth of curlyleaf pondweed (Potamogeton crispus).  Hills Pond will be closed to all water uses, (including, swimming, fishing and boating) on the day of treatment.  These uses may resume on Friday morning, May 30th.   Use of the pond water for irrigation (watering lawns, gardens or plants of any kind) is prohibited for 3 days post treatment.  Use of the pond water for drinking and watering livestock (i.e.; cattle, horses, etc.) is also prohibited for 3 days following the day of treatment. Printed posters warning of these temporary water use restrictions, will be posted around the lake shoreline in advance of treatment.  This work at Hills Pond is being performed for The Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park, pursuant to a License to Apply Chemicals from MA DEP (#12046) and an Order of Conditions (#91-152) permit from the Arlington Conservation Commission.  The work is being performed by the state licensed firm, Aquatic Control Technology, Inc., of Sutton.

FoMRP Annual Meeting

May 5, 2012, 10:00 a.m.

location: Council ring

Topics: accomplishments last year, plans for coming year, vote on new board member.

Spooky Walk is canceled

Regrettably, the paths and field will be too slippery, so Spooky Walk 2011 has been canceled.

See you next year, and have a great Halloween everyone!

Spooky Walk postponed until Sunday

Snow for Spooky Walk? Unheard of! But, sadly, it may be true.

Spooky Walk has been officially postponed, it will be held Sunday, October 30, at 6PM. That gives you an extra day to get the costumes together.

See you there.

New Location – Shakespeare in the Park 8/7/11

Because of the downpours we’re having now, Shakespeare in the Park, scheduled for this afternoon at Robbins Farm, has been moved indoors to Arlington Center for the Arts. Measure for Measure will be performed in the ACA Theater @ 5:00 pm. Seating is limited – first come, first served. Address is 41 Foster Street in East Arlington, for more information visit

Family Nature Walk

Thursday, July 14th, 6:30pm

Join Lolly Bennett and Ellen Reed, both teacher/naturalists, for a walk to explore the habitats of Menotomy Rocks Park. The walk is geared toward families with children aged 4-7. We will explore animal life in the park and search for signs of animals that make their homes there.

The walk is free, but a donation of $10 or greater to the Arlington Friends of Parks Fund (c/o Arlington Recreation Office 422 Summer St., Arlington, MA 02476) would be appreciated. Space is limited – please register by July 10th to reserve a spot. To register, send names, ages of children, and a phone number to